Road paint - Tregeare
Can anyone suggest a way to remove white road paint which has splattered on my car and seems immovable ?
Road paint - Marc
I had the same problem about a year ago. I knew I had gone over the paint (no alternative) so as soon as I got home I set about it with a rag soaked in turps to get off the excess, regularly going over where I'd been with soapy water to wash off the turps residue.

Unfortunately as it was dark I didn't get it all off so the car was still spotted the next day. Once it's dry it's near impossible to shift. I tried both cellulose thinners and turps in moderation on the spots and it will come off eventually but you cannot rub too hard for obvious reasons. However, as these are both paint removing products I cannot recommend either to you as they may damage the finish on your car.
Road paint - Marc
Oh and get some mudflaps
Road paint - Sooty Tailpipes
You shouldn't be able to remove the paint, as it is not really paint, but melted plastic. The thermoplastic is supplied in meltable "poly" bags, i.e. you put the whole bag into the heating unit.
The thermoplastic consists of a light coloured aggregate, white pigment (titanium dioxide), glass beads and it is all held together with a thermoplastic resin

Are you sure it was road markings that caused the splashes, or just spilled paint? You see, I don't think road markings would splash, they may squash a bit while still soft, but they set pretty much as soon as they hit the cool tarmac.

Road paint - Tregeare
Thanks for the reply, even if it is a bit gloomy. As most of teh stuff is on the black plastic trim, I might try the Stanley knofie trick.

Here's a possibility: I have just come back from Spain and France - maybe their road finishes are less technically advanced than ours ?
Road paint - Wales Forester
Very careful use of a brand new stanley knife blade (not fitted into the handle assembly) may aid the removal, I cannot stress how careful you will need to be though, and the blade must be brand new and therefore perfectly true and nick free (in theory).

Good luck.
Road paint - Tregeare
Thanks for this - more helpful than the postings telling me that my problem cannot logically happen(come in David Blaine). I may try the turps on the underside of the wheel arch - where there is no paint to worry about.

I have just come back from a long drive through France, Spain and Portugal - maybe I got done there because they don't have the same thermo-plastic stuff. I'll keep trying removal technicques (turps, ice cubes and Stanley knoves)and post notice of any (minor) successes.
Road paint - Dynamic Dave
IIRC, there was a previous thread on this. I've just spent 10 mins searching, but to no avail. Anyone else care to try? Is the original author of that thread still here?
Road paint - matt35 {P}
I don't recall the previous thread - but if this happened to me I would call the local council and ask them what they propose to do about it?
Along the lines of ' I was driving my car on a public road, some of your paint stuck to it, my car is damaged - how would you prefer to deal with this?'.
No doubt you will get better legal advice from some of our experts but I would suggest you start with going after the local people before you go after the contractors - if it was a big local contract they are probably in Tenerife already?
Road paint - LongDriver {P}
Try chilling the spots/lumps of thermoplastic roadline first with an ice cube or two.

This should make the plastic a) shrink slightly and thus reduce adhesion to car and b) make the thermoplastic more brittle and therefore should more readily be removed with a blade etc.

From experience of this stuff on road contracts I have managed, splashing of the stuff is very unlikely due to the consistency and loss of heat when applied to the road.

Some application wagons actually do SPRAY apply the stuff however, rather than the traditional 3 wheeled trolley and hand application pans, so you may have got a splash from spray application.

There is nothing but plastic and reflective glass ballotini in the road marking material, often with sand added to bulk it out and increase skid resistance.

True anti-skid material seen at junctions, crossings and roundabouts is made from aluminium oxide and is mixed with similar thermoplastic for hot application, or alternatively with a two-pack resin for cold application.
Road paint - No Do$h
Here's the original thread on the subject:

Road paint - eMBe {P}
Here's the original thread on the subject: >>

I did wonder. But this explains how that thread from March 03 has become active !!


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